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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Radical Moderate yeah. If this doesn't set off your BS alarm: (360 comments)

""The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."'re brain dead. I wouldn't believe anything coming out of this shill's mouth.

2 hours ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Radical Moderate Re:Not putting up with jerks (173 comments)

I had DSL. YMMV of course, but in our location it was pathetic. And anyone I use will be running over AT&T's equipment, and it took them a week to fix my problem (which was in their data center) the last time I dealt with them. So yes, when it comes to ISPs, I do have to put up with jerks, because my only other option is Comcast. they're incredibly evil, but at least they deliver fast internet.

3 hours ago

How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Radical Moderate And how long does it take... (166 comments)

to build a gas station? 11 days seems easy-peasy.


FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Radical Moderate You know what else discourages investment.... (324 comments)

in broadband communications? Hoarding profits to buy out competitors, NBC, and politicians. Why invest in improving service for your captive customers when you can invest in takeovers and bribes?


Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Radical Moderate What limits? (105 comments)

"Have we reached the limits of their usefulness?" Seriously, WTF? Sure, the study is interesting, but what limits are we talking about? I suppose the Kindle might not be the best choice for reading a history text, but aside from that, meh.

2 days ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Radical Moderate Re:My wife has a Twist too... (337 comments)

I think there's a firmware update to fix the autorotate issue, not sure if it works. I haven't seen the machine for some time, she keeps it at work now.

3 days ago

Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Radical Moderate I suppose Win8 "brought a lot" of....something... (179 comments) the table. Some of it might even be good, but hiding it under a steaming pile of UI was not the smoothest of moves. As for their store, color me shocked that MS of all people copied a competitor's product with a half-assed implementation.

4 days ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Radical Moderate My wife has a Twist too... (337 comments)

and .....yeah. It was my first in-depth experience with Win8, and not a good one. Layer on some buggy firmware, and boy did the good times roll.

about two weeks ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Radical Moderate Nonsense! (151 comments)

As long as everyone gives 110 percent, both can come first!

about three weeks ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Radical Moderate Sadly, yes (151 comments)

I'm on my second 5-button Intellipoint mouse. The software for programming the buttons is so much better than any of the competitors I've tried. Really wish they hadn't killed it. Apparently I'm not alone, they go for a premium on ebay.

about three weeks ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Radical Moderate Re:Microsoft majority shareholder? (151 comments)

Thanks, I was wondering how that could be true. I'm shocked, shocked, that poster got it wrong and a /. editor didn't catch it. What are the odds?

about three weeks ago

Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Radical Moderate Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (119 comments)

This. Compare today's cordless tools to those of the late 90s. Night and day. The battery revolution has been going on for years, but because it didn't happen overnight nobody's noticing.

I expect Slashdot to trumpet every potential battery break-through because it's new for nerds. I don't expect to find those new batteries on the shelf tomorrow because I'm not an idiot. It's a long road from the lab to the market, most brilliant ideas don't make it.

about three weeks ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Radical Moderate Those crazy scientists! (139 comments)

Next they'll be telling us Pluto isn't a planet. Enough with this revisionism!

And by god if Brontosaurus was good enough for Fred Flintstone, it's good enough for me!

about a month ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Radical Moderate I'll admit they're better than Qwest(Century Link) (200 comments)

...but that's a pretty low bar. For years with Comcast we had random half-hour outages in the evening. That ended about a year ago, so yay for them for finally dealing with whatever the problem was. I rented a place in California last year that had Comcast internet, but it only worked before 3 PM or so. I suspect the problem in both cases was massive under-provisioning, but if they weren't skimping on bandwidth how could they afford to keep buying up other companies?

about a month ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Radical Moderate Why are they getting into the phone business? (168 comments)

Just seems like a bad move. Microsoft has been trying and failing to crack that market for a decade, Blackberry's been pushed out. This is not a market crying out for new players.

about a month ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Radical Moderate Yep (346 comments)

After promoting the hell out of Aero and how beautiful it was, they come out with crappy, blocky tiles. What step backwards. It's almost as if they have no respect for their customers.

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Radical Moderate Re:More information always better than less. (579 comments)

Agreed. And another point...different pedestrians travel at a variety of speeds. What would be unsafe for a slow-moving person can be plenty of time for someone who's fit and moving quickly. the flashing red doesn't tell us much, it's some engineers' best guess as to what isn't enough time to cross. A countdown is objective and allows us to make our own judgement.

about 1 month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Radical Moderate Good post, but... (579 comments)

"drivers who don't think the belts are necessary may in fact drive more recklessly while wearing them and thus negate many of the gains"

I don't get the logic on this one. If drivers don't believe in the efficacy of seatbelts, why would they drive more recklessly while wearing them? Maybe they're doing so as a way of sticking it to The Man, I suppose.

about 1 month ago

Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Radical Moderate Yeah, confusing pics (119 comments)

The first pic seems to be a solar bench that hasn't actually had the solar part installed yet, why the hell would they use that to illustrate the story? And newspapers wonder why they're struggling....

Interesting idea, but these things will disappear about 10 minutes after Cisco gets tired of throwing money at them.

about 2 months ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Radical Moderate Huh? (286 comments)

What perfectly justifiable reason could they have? Examples please?

Now if you're using "could" as in "I could sprout wings and fly tomorrow right after I win the lottery" then sure, they "could" have justifiable reasons. It's just very, very, very unlikely.

about 2 months ago



Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  about 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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